ESL has announced the format for the open and closed qualifiers of ESL One Hamburg 2017.
ESL One Hamburg 2017
As per Valve’s guidelines, the first Dota 2 Major of the 2017-18 competitive season will feature both open and closed qualifiers for each of the six major regions. 2 direct invites will then join the six qualifier teams at the LAN finals of the event, which will run from October 28 to October 29.
Although a Major, ESL One Hamburg could only field 8 teams for the main event. This is likely because ESL had already planned the tournament way before Valve announced the changes to the competitive system for the upcoming season.
While ESL decided to stick with the originally-planned eight teams, they did make the necessary adjustments to receive Major status.
Up to 512 teams may participate in the Open Qualifiers (September 16-17) in a single elimination BO1 bracket and BO3 finals for a chance to earn one of the 4 slots for their respective Regional Qualifiers.
A week later, the 4 Open Qualifier teams will face off against 8 direct invites (4 for China) at the Regional Qualifiers (September 21-24). According to their announcement, ESL will inform the direct invites just a few days before the event starts.
The Regional Qualifiers will feature a single-elimination BO3 bracket and BO5 finals where only one team per region will advance to the main event.
The First Major of the Season
After going through a bit of a downtime, the 2017-18 season is finally in full swing. The Open Qualifiers for StarLadder i-League Season 3 have already started. The PGL Open Bucharest Open Qualifiers will follow soon after.
For the schedule and to sign up for the Open Qualifiers, you can head on over to the tournament page.
ESL One Hamburg was the first tournament to officially receive Major status under the new system. The tournament originally only had a prize pool of $250,000. ESL has since doubled it to $500,000, while Valve added $500,000 of their own for a total prize pool of $1,000,000.
ESL One Hamburg will hold its LAN finals at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany on October 28-29.
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